Oracle's strong commitment to Solaris

I'm very excited after hearing Oracle's commitment to Solaris during their strategy webcast yesterday (1/27).  In case you've been living under a rock, Oracle offered to purchase Sun back in April 2009 and completed the acquisition on 1/26/2010. While the delay was certainly frustrating to Sun employees and customers, it gave Oracle enough time to formulate a strong strategy and product plan.  

During his portion of the webcast Edward Screven (Chief Corporate Architect) provided his view of how Oracle will invest more in Solaris and how Solaris is a primary platform today for Oracle products such as the Database, WebLogic, PeopleSoft and other product lines. (View the PDF as well).  He also commented on Oracle's commitment to Sun's virtualization technologies such as Solaris Containers and Logical Domains and promised that they will be managed (along with Oracle VM) a centralized coherent fashion.

It  also became clear that those of us with Solaris expertise will soon be learning about Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM as well.  OEL currently has over 4000 paying subscription customers. 

At the end of the five hour extravaganza Larry Ellison provided an excellent summary and answered questions from the audience.  Larry is also a huge Solaris fan and emphasized that both Solaris and OEL had their market position and applications. He believes that Solaris can become the center of a grid of systems operated as a single collection (and had some very entertaining comments about the term "cloud computing.") Oracle will be able to provide both and manage them from a single point using a combinatation (over time) of Sun Ops Center and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

As I tell my 19-year old college student (majoring in IT at George Mason University), "Get used to learning new things, because in this business, you will never stop learning."

Congratulations to Oracle and I'm looking forward to expanding my own skills and knowledge in the coming years.  I invite you to view all the video and PDF slides from the webcast.

 (You'll notice that ALL the sun.com content has migrated to Oracle.com)

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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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